I've noticed with every amp I have that I like to push the master volume and keep the gain lower. My main amp (JMP 2203) I find sounds the best to me with the pre-amp volume at noon and the Master at noon or above if possible. What is odd is most of the music I listen to has quite a bit of gain but when I play my own rig I just don't sound very good with a lot of gain. Maybe it's the fact I use the guitar volumes to get very clean to crunch and with too much gain this approach doesn't work as well. Anyway, how many of you find that you tend to have a very different sound than most of what you listen to? You'd think many would have a similar sound to the music they listen to but that's not the case for me. It's not on purpose either. I just personally sound better when I stopped trying to get sounds from my favorite bands and set the amps where they sound the best for my style...Guess this is a good thing. It's just weird to me that my tone is so different from my favorites bands.